The force is strong with these ones. Iron Horse Cinema recently took home top honors at the annual Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, CA. Their Star Wars fan film “Star Wars: The Lesser Evil” was chosen by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy as her favorite fan film of the event. The film was directed by 2009 Video Production graduate Sy Cody White. White is Creative Director for New Jersey-based Iron Horse Cinema and was on hand to accept the award with his colleagues.
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Students of the New England School of Communications at Husson University handle all production aspects of the Nite Show, which airs nearly statewide on television stations in Portland, Bangor, and Presque Isle, Maine. As the students worked on the set for tonight’s taping at the Gracie Theatre, student Alan Wardwell shot a time-lapse of the 2+ hours it takes to assemble the set.
Five Video Production students at the New England School of Communications at Husson University are finalists in the Next Producer competition being held by NESN (New England Sports Network).
Heather Andrews, Dave Roberts, Ryan Carignan, Nick Young & Justin Foster worked as part of a team to tell the story of what it takes to cover a live sporting event. “We push that a broadcast team is just like a football team” says Andrews. “One team, one goal, striving for perfection, and going for the win (or in our case success)”.
NESN’s Next Producer competition is a new series that will officially premier on NESN on April 6th. The seven-episode run will air the student-made short films following Red Sox post-game coverage. The student filmmakers will get access to and input from two Hollywood producers with ties to New England – television Hall of Famer and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and Co- creator/Executive Producer, Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, etc.). Falchuk is a Newton, Massachusetts native and passionate New England sports fan. Werner and Falchuk will coach the finalists to improve their films and pick the winner.
You can view & vote for the NESCom entry into the competition HERE. Help support the great work of NESCom students by sharing the voting link with friends and family.
WHSN 89.3FM has announced their 2015 AS4MS concert to benefit the National MS Society. The event, which has been running for more than 12 years, showcases Maine bands & performers with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The AS4MS is slated for Friday, April 10th, 7:30PM at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University. Performers include Worried Well, Tall Horse, One Shot Nothing, Skosh, & The Royal Bones. Tickets are $10 and are available online at whsn-fm.com, at all Bull Moose locations or at the door the night of the show.
The AS4MS is produced by WHSN with numerous departments and classes at NESCom assisting including Live Sound Technology, Entertainment Production, Video Production and more. Past AS4MS performances going back to 2008 are available at WHSN’s YouTube channel.
Equal Vision recording artists Northern Faces visited the studios of WHSN 89.3 FM last week to promote their first full-length album, set for release in early 2015. The interview and performance for WHSN was recorded in the audio engineering studio of the New England School of Communications by the students of the Audio II lab. You can watch their performance below via WHSN’s youtube channel.
For more on Northern Faces, visit them on Facebook.
The North Atlantic Conference, the Division III Intercollegiate Athletics conference that includes Husson University, recently worked with NESCom to create a video for their involvement in the You Can Play movement. The video was created by students Heather Andrews, Ryan Carignan, Ellis Ducharme, Justin Foster, Dave Roberts, and Nick Young with help from Fran Bouchard, Rodney Verrill, and Frank Welch.
The You Can Play project was designed with the mission of “ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation”. The first video released for the project, which started production in Spring of 2014, includes stories and thoughts on equality direct from athletes within the conference.
For more information on the You Can Play initiative and the North Atlantic Conference, visit http://nacathletics.com
The Entertainment Production department at NESCom invites high school students, their families and their educators to a backstage experience of the Nite Show, which now tapes in the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.Tickets for this backstage tour at Husson University in Bangor are free, but limited to 25 people per show. The backstage tour includes a pizza dinner, and an introduction to programs of study at The New England School of Communications (NESCom). Areas of focus related to the show include: Video and audio production, stage management and lighting, scenic design and construction, and other skill sets. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Brave Williams at email@example.com or call 207-941-7195.
The New England School of Communications at Husson University is pleased to announce the commencement of pre-production of their new short film entitled, The Endless Ends. The original script, written by NESCom instructor Kris Bridges, is a story of a recovering alcoholic forced to reflect on his past and his decisions to make amends with the family he has severely damaged.
A public casting call is set for Friday, September 12th from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, September 13th from 10am to 2pm. Both calls will be held in the Black Box Theatre, located at the Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus in Bangor. The script calls for actors ranging in ages from 18 to 40. Actors interested in auditioning call download the script and review roles now at http://theendlessends.com.
The Endless Ends is the third short film produced by the students and faculty of the New England School of Communications. In the spring 2014 semester, production was complete on the Tale of the Three Brothers, based on a story by J.K. Rowling and the Stephen King based short film The Last Rung on the Ladder was finished in 2011.
Actors who have questions regarding the audition are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquiring minds need to know – What’s going on at NESCom? As usual, there is a lot of activity because summer is our time to plan, build, and repair. We can unveil a few at this point, and we’ll report on more as the summer progresses.
• One of our labs (room 219) will become the new location for our IT staff, and that lab will be designed, expanded from 13 to 18 stations and moved into 306 with new 2.9 GHz iMacs
• Two other labs (rooms 105 and 109) will be re-equipped with new Apple Mac Pro’s with 27” Thunderbolt displays and dual graphics cards to HD editing and 3D rendering capacity. Apple has packaged this beast in a neat new case. Take a look at http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
• We will deploy Apple’s latest operating system (we thought it would be OS X Mavericks, but with the announcement at the Apple Developer’s Conference a few days ago, it could be Yosemite) on all of our computers.
• Our Analog AV switcher will be replaced with new AirPlay technology to increase speed of HD file transfer.
• In the Gracie, the Yamaha PM5D audio console is being replaced with Yamaha’s updated console, the CL3 and associate outboard gear.
• The laptops for our Apple Cart will be replaced with Apple MacBook Airs.
• Brave Williams and a crew of Entertainment Production students have designed and are now building the set for the Nite Show with Danny Cashman, from which we’ll broadcast this fall, in our own Gracie Theatre.
• “The Tale of Three Brothers” is being entered in film festivals around the country. We’re looking at several possibilities for our next major film project.
NESCom faculty, as usual, are busy this summer. Walter Clissen is in Europe (primarily the Netherlands and Serbia) working with Dragana and Jose Feliciano on an album project, and working on audio post for a film to be released in Europe. Here is Walter at the Studio Barba in Belgrade. For those audio geeks, that’s an AMEK 9098i (originally designed by Rupert Neve).
Wells Gordon is busy recording, both as an engineer and as a musician. Here’s a shot of Wells multi-tasking at our API 1608 while laying down the bass track for some nice Blues.
Ken Stack has a gig at The Grand in Ellsworth, entertaining the “summer folk” as the artistic director for a new production of Monty Python’s “Spamalot”.
Larry Ayotte is finishing his project on Reflections – the use of reflective surfaces in photography. If you haven’t seen one of these, check this out:
With the recent focus on train safety, Frank Welch is working on an industry video project about the extraction of personnel from train engines that have been in an accident. Here is a photo from the set in Chicago:
Looking forward to the next installment on the blog, I think I’ll write about our fiber optic cable installation project around campus. Stay tuned for this layman’s discussion of a technical area.
As always, if you have any questions, please send an email or call.
Over the past week NESCom played host to everything from equipment upgrades to a world-renowned audio engineer to award-winning writers and directors. Here is a brief sampling of what a busy week at NESCom looks like.
We welcomed Hitachi technicians into our video production studio. Emilio Aleman and Chee Liew were here to update our fleet of mobile unit and studio video cams with new components, enhancements and software. This is part of the great service that our partners like Hitachi, provide to us. By staying ahead of the curve, our students gain access to the latest Hitachi ideas and are better prepared for their careers. On another stop, a roving photographer caught the practice of two Husson teams on a great sunny day. Below you’ll see some of the Eagles preparing for their next competitions. In the category of “you-never- know-what-to-expect-at-NESCom”, we received a call from the producers asking us to do a quick ADR session with one of the actors of USA Network’s Graceland. It so happens that Brendan Powers, who plays the role of Agennt Cranston on Graceland, was in Bangor performing in Penobscot Theater’s production of “Our Town” running from April 24 through May 11. The cast for “Putnam County Spelling Bee” (May 2,3 &4) was in rehearsal in the Gracie’s Black Box Theater, which resulted in a few pics. A late night stop by the Gracie itself found the semi-finals of “Husson’s Got Talent” in full swing. The new woofers from Meyer Sound really pump up the low end! Husson’s Got Talent is an annual campus competition that has grown to be quite a big event. Thursday night in the Gracie Theater, the NESCom chapter of the Audio Engineering Society welcomed world-class mastering engineer Bob Ludwig for a presentation. Ludwig owns Gateway Mastering in Portland, Maine and has mastered countless classic albums and modern hits like Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Finally, on Friday, NESCom partnered with the Maine Film Office and the Maine Video & Film Association to host a filmmaking workshop with the award winning writing/directing team of alumnus Aron Gaudet (’96) and Gita Pullapilly. Their latest film, Beneath The Harvest Sky, was filmed in Maine and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.